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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Mashregh News

[Date:] 9 Esfand 1397 [28 February 2019]

 

Has the Project For Recognizing the Perverse Baha’i Sect In the Country Started?

It was for the first time in Ordibehesht 1395 [April 2016] that Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of Hashemi Rafsanjani and a member of the Executives of Construction Party, visited Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the leaders of the perverse Baha’i sect.

Political service of Mashregh News – For some time now, some currents in the country, taking advantage of the country’s economic situation, as well as of the cultural abandonment policy pursued by the government, are making a concerted move to normalize false sects and schools, and pave the way for their official recognition. Of course, this process was started in the first place under the headings of “Freedom of Opinion”, “Minority Rights”, and accusing the regime of oppressing minorities.

On 1 Esfand 1397 [20 February 2019], Hojatoleslam Mostafa Mohaghegh-Damad, one of the revisionist clerics, said at the conference of Imam Musa Sadr Training School in Dar ul-Funun School, “I think that, in the present time in this world, we must deduce from the Quran that faith and disbelief are internal matters and have no effect on citizenship rights.”

Mohaghegh-Damad said, “I swear by Imam Musa Sadr deep inside, that in my opinion, in the present time in this world, we should deduce from the Quran that faith and disbelief are internal matters and have no effect on citizenship rights. In other words, in citizenship relations, faith and disbelief have no effect. What is effective is obedience to God and the Prophet; in other words, obedience to the social rules, meaning that the rules should be followed.”

This member of the Academy of Sciences, at the end of his speech, said, “We must learn from education and training, promoting the mind-set of accepting otherness. Why should we search hearts? What is important is that everyone follow the rules. This is one of the lessons we can learn from the school of Imam Musa Sadr; according to Hafez, ‘Let us plant the tree of friendship’.”